08/18 15:46 CDT Hedges homers, has 4 hits to lead Padres past Phillies
Hedges homers, has 4 hits to lead Padres past Phillies
By AARON BRACY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) --- Austin Hedges had four hits, including a tiebreaking
homer in the seventh, and Joey Lucchesi pitched six strong innings to lead the
San Diego Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Luis Uras also went deep for the Padres, who had lost seven consecutive rubber
games before taking two of three in Philadelphia.
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left after the fifth inning because of
On a hot, muggy afternoon with a gametime temperature of 90 degrees, Harper was
lifted prior to taking the field in the sixth. Harper, who signed a 13-year,
$330 million contract in the offseason, has played in 123 of 124 games this
Harper singled in the fourth inning, pulling up abruptly after rounding first
base while considering trying for a double. He later slid hard into second base
while breaking up a potential double play.
Harper also made a strong throw in the top of the fourth, nailing Hedges at
second base as he tried to stretch a single into a double.
Lucchesi (8-7) gave up two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and two
walks, halting his second-half struggles. Lucchesi entered 0-3 with a 6.15 ERA
in six starts since the All-Star break, and San Diego had lost all six of those
games. But he kept the Phillies off-balance with a fastball that tops out in
the low 90's and a slow, sinking changeup.
Jean Segura had a pair of RBI doubles for the Phillies, who lost their second
straight after tying their season high with four consecutive wins. Philadelphia
entered Sunday a game behind the Cubs for the NL's second wild-card berth.
Hedges belted an 0-2, 78-mph curveball from Jared Hughes (3-5) over the wall in
left with one out in the seventh to put San Diego up a run. His other three
hits were singles.
Kirby Yates struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 35th save
in his 38th chance.
The Phillies had tied it in the sixth on Segura's two-out double to left-center
that scored Adam Haseley, who walked after replacing Harper in the batting
Jason Vargas, in his fourth start since being acquired from the Mets, allowed
two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. The
36-year-old Vargas has a 3.91 ERA with Philadelphia.
Philadelphia went ahead in the first on the first of Segura's two-out RBI
doubles, this one scoring Harper.
San Diego took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth on Uras'
opposite-field shot to right field that made it 2-1. It was the second home run
of the season and fourth in 143 career at-bats for Uras.
Rhys Hoskins nearly tied it in the eighth, but his drive to deep center was
caught at the wall by Manuel Margot. Hoskins went 0-for-4 and has one hit in
his last 17 at-bats.
Padres: Josh Naylor called out the trainer during his at-bat in the eighth
inning and appeared to be flexing his right side after swinging through a 1-1
pitch. After popping out to short, Naylor was replaced in left field by Travis
Padres: San Diego opens a three-game set at Cincinnati on Monday night with LHP
Eric Lauer (6-8, 4.55 ERA) opposing Reds RHP Trevor Bauer (10-9, 4.12).
Phillies: After an off day on Monday, the Phillies begin a two-game series at
Boston on Tuesday with ace RHP Aaron Nola (11-3, 3.56) on the mound for
Philadelphia. The Red Sox haven't announced their starter.
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